Swedish football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially retired from professional football at the age of 41.
After AC Milan’s final Serie A match against Hellas Verona on Sunday, the striker bid farewell to the club and announced the end of his illustrious career, leaving the San Siro crowd in tears.
During the emotional moment, Ibrahimovic, an iconic figure in Swedish football, delivered a heartfelt speech while receiving a framed shirt from the Rossoneri. Overwhelmed with emotions, he expressed his gratitude to his family, close ones, and the AC Milan team for their support and patience throughout his journey.
“So many memories and emotions inside this stadium. The first time I arrived you gave me happiness, the second time, you gave me love. I want to thank my family and those close to me for their patience, I want to thank my second family. The players, the coach and his staff for the responsibility they gave me. I want to thank the directors for the opportunity they gave me. Last but not least, from my heart, I want to thank you, fans. You welcomed me with open arms and I will be a Milanista my entire life. It’s time to say goodbye to football, but not to you. It’s too difficult, there are too many emotions. I’ll see you around if you are lucky. Forza Milan and goodbye. Ibrahimovic said.
Over his remarkable 24-year career, Ibrahimovic played for a total of nine clubs. He began his professional journey at Malmo, where he scored 18 goals in three years before moving to Ajax. At Ajax, he helped the team win the Eredivisie in his first season. Later, he played for Juventus and then joined Inter Milan, where he achieved three consecutive Serie A titles.
After a brief stint at Barcelona, Ibrahimovic returned to Italy to play for AC Milan, initially on loan and later permanently. In the following season, he scored an impressive 35 goals in 44 appearances.
His success led him to Paris Saint-Germain, where he won four successive Ligue 1 titles. He then moved to Manchester United, where he lifted the Europa League trophy.
Following his time in Manchester, Ibrahimovic joined LA Galaxy in the MLS. After two years, he made a comeback to AC Milan, contributing eight goals to their Serie A title victory in the previous season.
Although his international career did not bring significant triumphs, Ibrahimovic showcased his scoring prowess while representing Sweden.
Additionally, he became known for his larger-than-life personality, leaving an indelible mark both on and off the pitch.
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